Mrs. Elisabeth Borne, new French Prime Minister – Photo: REUTERS
The appointment took place after the resignation of Mr. Jean Castex.
Mr. Castex’s resignation, as well as the appointment of Ms. Borne, paved the way for a long-awaited cabinet reshuffle by President Macron, in favor of a more “centralised” government, with fewer ministers, more concerned with social policy issues and green development, according to the election platform that Mr. Macron has pledged.
For the first time in 30 years, France has a woman at the head of government. Borne also became the second female prime minister in the Fifth Republic, after Édith Cresson, who held office from May 1991 to April 1992 under President François Mitterand.
Elisabeth Borne, 61, is a career civil servant. Before joining Macron’s government, she served as transport minister from 2017-2019, environment minister from 2019-2020, and labor minister from 2020 to present.
As described by the press, Borne is a gentle leftist woman with a deep understanding of the country, local politics and business. She also participated in many negotiations with trade unions during President Macron’s first term.
During Ms Borne’s tenure as Labor minister, unemployment in France fell to a 15-year low, and youth unemployment fell to a 40-year low.
The French press said that with Ms. Borne’s deep knowledge of government operations, she would be able to help President Macron remove difficulties and promote reform policies.
In his first brief speech after the handover with his predecessor Jean Castex at the Matignon Palace, new Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne mentioned a number of upcoming policy priorities, such as trade or combat climate change.
In particular, she wants to inspire all girls to follow their dreams. “Nothing can stop women’s struggle for their place in society. All little girls should fulfill their dreams,” Borne said.
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